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The eighth installment of live UFC fights on Fuel TV drew a record 485,000 viewers to the network, more than doubling the previous record-high of 217,000 viewers, set by the first live UFC card on Fuel last February. The pre-fight and post-fight shows also topped that mark of 217,000, with the pre-fight show drawing 250,000 viewers and the post-fight show drawing 219,000 viewers.
The funny thing about this card was that this show was largely a "fun" card, with no real title implications on the line. The co-main event of Mark Hunt vs Stefan Struve and main event of Wanderlei Silva vs Brian Stann delivered as spectacles, with both fights being highly entertaining and being finished in spectacular fashion. Silva is one of the biggest names of all-time in MMA, and this was the first time he's ever fought on free TV as opposed to a pay-per-view.
With Fuel's rebranding on the horizon, and a deal with Comcast finally inked, this could be just the tip of the icberg for the network. If one fight card, its pre-fight show, and post-fight show manage to become the three highest-rated programs in a network's history, that should tell the UFC that they did something right with this card. The next Fuel card is in April, and is main evented by Alexander Gustafsson vs Gegard Mousasi in what should be an entertaining fight, albeit one between fighters without the mainstream appeal of Silva and even the former Marine Stann.
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Everyone loves a happy Wand.
Can you not let a happy Wanderlei be happy without calling him out for at least a few hours, Tom Watson? We know you’re riding high off of your Stanislav Nedkov win, but in my opinion, it’s just plain rude to want to pop the bubble of joy that was Wand’s night in Japan after knocking out Brian Stann like a boss.
You did it anyway, Tom Watson. You...
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann on Saturday, March 2, shattered several of the network’s viewership records including most-watched program, most-watched day and most-watched prime time ever, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout featuring the thrilling fight-of-the-night knockout victory by the legendary Wanderlei Silva over “The...
The UFC returned on Saturday night to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan with a great Fuel TV card that featured several PRIDE legends picking up impressive wins including two-division PRIDE champ Wanderlei Silva and heavyweight Mark Hunt. Silva took part in what was arguably the fight the of the year against Brian Stann before finishing the tough marine late in the second round. In...
It looked good on paper. Never judge a book by its cover. Insert another predictable idiom here. After Hyun Gyu Lim made his presence felt it turned out to be a pretty disappointing night in terms of violence. 8 straight decisions ;ater it was up to the big boys to close things out with a bang. Saying they did just fine. would be an understatement. This was one of the exciting closes...
It was a night filled with some bizarre scorecards and some bizarre in cage action, but the main event made up for all of that and more. Brian Stann and Wanderlei Silva engaged in a highly entertaining brawl for just under ten minutes and delivered an early candidate for Round of the Year.
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Another UFC event has come and gone, and while the echoes of
Wanderlei's astonishing knockout of Brian Stann might still hang in the
Saitama Super Arena, the cage has been taken down, and the traveling
circus moves on.
It was a night of tremendous joy for fans of the old Pride Fighting
promotion, as Wanderlei Silva, Mark Hunt and Takanori Gomi...
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